This year the sun sets on our four-year journey around the points of the compass, as we look westwards across the ocean to the Canadian province of Québec. It’s a region that has boldly defined its contemporary image through its culture, something that shines through in the work of all the artists we are presenting, from a brilliantly reinvented Romeo and Juliet from Québécois dance company Cas Public to Théâtre de la Pire Espèce’s quirky theatre on a table top.
Also joining us are Québécois folk band Le Vent du Nord, who kick off a UK tour here and one of Canada's most successful writers Denis Thériault will discuss his new bittersweet love story, The Postman’s Fiancée.
Over thirty years ago, inspired by a visit to Salisbury Plain, Québec artist Catherine Farish created a series of award-winning prints that made her reputation in Canada. Curated by Wiltshire artist Prudence Maltby, we present these large-form prints for the first time in the region that inspired them.
And our Québec focus is completed by five films showcasing the work of the region’s world-class directors. Jean-Marc Vallée, award-winning director of Dallas Buyers Club, is represented by coming-of-age tale C.R.A.Z.Y., paired here in a double-bill with Xavier Dolan’s Mommy. There’s comedy in Seducing Dr Lewis, a Québécois fishing community going all out to retain its doctor and the lucrative funding that comes with him; and a second double-bill, War Witch and Incendies pairs films set in foreign battlefields, presented here in partnership with Amnesty Salisbury.